Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2014 Archive

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Creative curriculum change through research

12 November 2014

Join us for a CoCo seminar by Angela Brew titled “Creative curriculum change through research”.

In designing innovative new courses, decisions have to be taken about the structure and nature of the student experience, what it is intended that students should learn and how and whether their work is to be assessed. Using research-informed approaches to educational enhancement means infusing these decisions with disciplinary and pedagogical research findings and processes.

Dr Brew will explore how the scholarly work of academics and students can inform decisions about both the content and the processes of learning that need to be taken in designing a course.

Using research to inform teaching in this way poses a number of challenges. Who is included in making the decisions and at what level? Sometimes curriculum decisions are taken at an institutional level. Sometimes the decision-making is at a departmental or course team level. These decisions may constrain or open up opportunities for individual lecturers and course or subject teams regarding the particular ways learning is to occur. So on what basis are decisions to be made? Whose research is to be drawn upon? What theoretical approaches are to be used to inform decisions? What are the benefits and pitfalls of including students in the research and in the design and decision-making process?

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm
  • Where: Education Building (A35)
    Room 230

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: +61 2 9351 2612

  • More info: Arrive 10.45am for refreshments
  • Speaker:

    Dr Angela Brew is a Professorial Fellow in the Learning and Teaching Centre at Macquarie University, Australia and Honorary Associate Professor, University of Sydney. She is Chair of the Australasian Council for Undergraduate Research. She has published extensively on the nature of research and its relation to teaching, learning and scholarship, models of research-led teaching and undergraduate research. She is currently researching undergraduate research and academic identities.

CCreative curriculum change through research


Education Building A35

Room 230


12 November 2014

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